Hassan Khannenje, Fulbright Scholar Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS)
“Hassan has made a unique contribution to an inclusive learning community at SHSS through his excellent academic work and the collegial relationships he has built with fellow students and faculty mentors. I’m confident he will continue to build on the success he has already demonstrated in the fields of peace research and conflict resolution.” —Honggang Yang, Ph.D. Dean, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Hassan Khannenje, a doctoral candidate from Kenya, imagines a world without conflict. He wants to be part of making this change. After earning his doctorate, he will seek employment with an international agency that works with the diplomatic corps. Later, he plans to return to Kenya where he can “share skills and knowledge acquired through classes and research at NSU.”
As a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, Khannenje is learning about the theory, research, and practice of conflict resolution from every angle. He has already authored a book about comparative nonviolence and has formed his dissertation topic: constitution making as conflict management. He says the NSU learning environment is ideal, adding that faculty members are “especially supportive.”
Khannenje is one of seven Fulbright Scholars studying in NSU’s Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Department of Multidisciplinary Studies. SHSS is one of only two programs within the United States offering a Ph.D. in conflict analysis and resolution.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Khannenje received an award that paid for two years of academic work. But his Ph.D. program requires three years of courses, plus a qualifying exam and dissertation. Fortunately, he received commitments from NSU that are enabling him to continue his studies. “I’ve faced a lot of financial problems.
I wouldn’t be here without the university’s support. It’s something I’ll always remember,” he says.